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 4 killed in grenade attack on Charar-e-Sharief shrine
Four women were killed and 60 others injured, some of them seriously, when unidentified militants threw a grenade at the shrine of Sheikh Nooruddin Noorani in the premises of the famous Charar-e-Sharief mosque in central Kashmir on Friday. The incident evoked strong protests and the situation in the town turned violent.

Labour creates history
The Labour Party, led by Mr. Tony Blair, wrote itself into the record books today as it re-entered office with an unprecedented majority for any party winning a second consecutive term following Thursday's general election blighted by the lowest voter turnout since 1918. With a turnout of less than 60 per cent, questions were raised about the new Government's moral authority.

India, Pak. can coexist peacefully: Advani
The Centre's initiative of inviting the Pakistan Chief Executive, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, for talks, even while terminating the ceasefire against terrorist operations in Jammu and Kashmir has started yielding positive results, the Union Home Minister, Mr. L. K. Advani, said here today.

'No rethink on alliance with DMK'
The BJP leader and Union Home Minister, Mr. L. K.Advani, today said the BJP's ties with the DMK ``were good'' and would continue.

Musharraf briefs commanders
The top brass of the Pakistan military today, for the first time, formally deliberated on the invitation extended by the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, to the Chief Executive, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, to visit New Delhi for talks.

PM condition stable
The condition of the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, remained stable today, a day after undergoing knee-joint replacement surgery at the Breach Candy hospital here.

Nepal Massacre: Probe panel begins work
A high-level committee, constituted by the Nepal king, Gyanendra, to probe the June 1 palace massacre, began its work today and is expected to submit its report after three days of investigations that would include inspecting the shooting site, interviewing survivors and conducting ballistic tests.

'Make the summit Lahore Plus'
The proposed Vajpayee-Musharraf summit should be converted into a ``Lahore Plus'' exercise as it would finally get the Pakistani military on board and also ``help undo Kargil'', the BALUSA group, a Track-II initiative by leading opinion-makers from India and Pakistan, has said.

ABM Treaty: 'Russia needs to be consulted'
India is opposed to any unilateral abrogation of the 1972 Anti- Ballistic Missile Treaty, the Defence and External Affairs Minister, Mr. Jaswant Singh, said in an interview published today.


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